A recent news story in The Washington Post examined the "batting averages" of members of the Maryland House of Delegates by dividing the number of bills passed by each member by the number introduced. It decided that Del. Charles A. Docter (D-Montgomery) had one of the lowest batting averages.

I am not so sure a legislator's low batting average is a good yarstick by which to judge his effectiveness. If he keeps introducing good bills that his colleagues won't pass, a low batting average may tell us more about the nay-sayers than it does about the man who is energetic enough to suggest reform.

However that may be, it might be useful to recall some of the bills that Doctoer has persuaded the Maryland House to enact during his tenure, either as sponsor or cosponser. Included were measures that required instant disbursements at real estate settlements, prohibited "steering" in real estate settlements, mandated interest on security deposits, banned retaliatory evictions, created a fulltime bank commissioner, set up the Generic Drug Law of 1974, panalized credit card companies that failed to respond promptly to billing error inquiries, licenses dealers in hearing aids, prohibited kickbacks in hearing aid sales, required 180-day notice to tenants in condominium conversions, restricted insurance cancellations, and called for disclosure of the assets and liabilities of public officials. Batting average or no batting average, the man hasn't exactly been idle.